Director of Public Prosecutions v Moore: Admn 2 Mar 2010

The defendant appealed by case stated from his conviction of attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a public road, having consumed alcohol in excess of the prescribed limit on the same occasion. At the time he was said to have attempted to drive, the car was no longer on a public road. The appellant went to the car park at the AWE to collect his car in order, as he told the arresting officer, to drive his friend home. He then drove a distance of approximately 90 metres from the car park to the open gate on to the A340. Had the police officer at the gate not intervened, the appellant would have driven onto the public road.
Held: The appellant’s actions went beyond acts merely preparatory to the commission of the offence. His appeal failed.

Toulson LJ, Owen J
[2010] EWHC 1822 (Admin), [2010] RTR 36
Road Traffic Act 1988 5(1), Criminal Attempts Act 1981 3
England and Wales
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